Chinmay Y Majmudar

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A persistent problem in heterologous protein production is insolubility of the target protein when expressed to high level in the host cell. A widely employed strategy for overcoming this problem is the use of fusion tags. The best fusion tags promote solubility, may function as purification handles and either do not interfere with downstream applications(More)
Currently there are few methods suitable for the discovery and characterization of transient, moderate affinity protein-protein interactions in their native environment, despite their prominent role in a host of cellular functions including protein folding, signal transduction, and transcriptional activation. Here we demonstrate that a genetically encoded(More)
Small molecules that reconstitute the binding mode(s) of a protein and in doing so elicit a programmed functional response offer considerable advantages in the control of complex biological processes. The development challenges of such molecules are significant, however. Many protein-protein interactions require multiple points of contact over relatively(More)
Transcriptional activators play a central role in gene regulation by stimulating the assembly of the transcriptional machinery at a promoter in a signal-responsive manner. Because of the significant role that misregulated or malfunctioning transcriptional activators play in human disease, there has been a strong effort towards the identification of(More)
Given the correlation between many human diseases and mis-regulated transcription, there is a growing need for molecules that can inhibit or mimic key interactions between transcriptional activators and their binding partners. Because transcriptional activators typically participate in many different protein-protein binding events, the identification of(More)
Capturing a coactivator, naturally: the natural products sekikaic acid and lobaric acid, isolated after a high-throughput screen of a structurally diverse extract collection, effectively target the dynamic binding interfaces of the GACKIX domain of the coactivator CBP/p300. These molecules are the most effective inhibitors of the GACKIX domain yet described(More)
Like many coactivators, the GACKIX domain of the master coactivator CBP/p300 recognizes transcriptional activators of diverse sequence composition via dynamic binding surfaces. The conformational dynamics of GACKIX that underlie its function also render it especially challenging for structural characterization. We have found that the ligand discovery(More)
Protein-protein interactions play an essential role in cellular function, and methods to discover and characterize them in their native context are of paramount importance for gaining a deeper understanding of biological networks. In this study, an enhanced nonsense suppression system was utilized to incorporate the nonnatural amino acid(More)
Despite their enormous potential as novel research tools and therapeutic agents, artificial transcription factors (ATFs) that up-regulate transcription robustly in vivo remain elusive. In investigating an ATF that does function exceptionally well in vivo, we uncovered an unexpected relationship between transcription function and a binding interaction(More)
The link between a growing number of human diseases and misregulation of gene expression has spurred intense interest in artificial transcriptional activators that could be used to restore controlled expression of affected genes. To expand the repertoire of activation domains available for the construction of artificial transcriptional regulators, a(More)